The Police Fatality Public Fact-finding Reviews that will look into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Donovan Anderson and Jeremias Cruz have been scheduled for early January.
Anderson died during a confrontation with law enforcement in September 2015. The review of Anderson's death will be held on Friday, Jan 6. The review will be presided over by Hearing Officer Ozzie Fumo. Carl Arnold will serve as ombudsman for the review. Chief Deputy District Attorney David Stanton will represent the District Attorney's Office in this proceeding.
Cruz died during a confrontation with law enforcement in May. The review of Cruz's death will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The review will be presided over by Hearing Officer William Jansen. Michael Troiano will serve as ombudsman for the review. Chief Deputy District Attorney Michelle Fleck will represent the District Attorney's Office in this proceeding.
Both the reviews will begin at 9 a.m. in the Clark County Government Center Commission Chambers at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas. The reviews will be aired live on Clark County Television (CCTV) and streamed over the County Internet site at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.
The fact-finding reviews are held when a police-involved death occurs and the District Attorney's Office preliminarily determines that no criminal prosecution of the officer or officers involved is appropriate. Presiding officers and ombudsmen are selected by the county manager from lists approved by the County Commission. The ombudsman represents the public and the deceased's family in this fact-finding review.
During the review, the representatives from the District Attorney's Office present witnesses and make a presentation of the essential facts surrounding the police-involved death. After the prosecutors finish their presentation, the presiding officer and ombudsman may also ask questions.
The procedure for questioning witnesses is informal and intended to provide the public with relevant information about the use of force. Members of the public observing the review may submit proposed written questions to the presiding officer on forms available at the review. The presiding officer may ask the proposed questions, revise them or decline to ask them if he deems them "redundant, irrelevant or an abuse of the review process," according to County ordinance. At the end of the review, no formal determination about the manner or cause of death is rendered.
CCTV will carry the entirety of the proceedings. It is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4 on Cox cable (Channel 69.10 for those without converter boxes) and on CenturyLink, as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Sudden Link, and via the Internet at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov and www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV. A video recording of the reviews also will be available later for play on demand on the County website.